Open Wide My Heart

A Journal of a Prayer Life
Foreword by: Joyce Rupp

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: April 22, 2022

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Named one of the best spiritual books of 2022 by Spirituality & Practice.


Just before she died of brain cancer in April 2020, Macrina Wiederkehr gifted her friend and coauthor Joyce Rupp with one of the many journals she kept over the years where she reflected on scripture and her own spirituality. Rupp writes in the foreword for Open Wide My Heart, “I observed certain currents of yearning and faithfulness that remained throughout the decades: a thirst for an ever-fuller relationship with the Holy One; a tremendous respect for scripture as an incentive for spiritual transformation; a recognition of not being all she hoped to be regarding her inner growth; and a continual return to a belief in her essential goodness.”

That is the essence of Open Wide My Heart, which pulls together two years of personal reflections by Wiederkehr, a beloved spiritual author, popular retreat leader, and Benedictine sister. These brief yet poignant writings serve as guideposts as you begin or deepen your scripture study and offer gentle direction for your faith and a better understanding of daily life.

Wiederkehr also shares nuggets of spiritual wisdom she gained in her reading, including

  • experiencing God in the everyday;
  • living fully present in the moment; and
  • accepting the grace that comes from God, other people in your life, and the world around you.

Open Wide My Heart is an invitation to learn from a bestselling spiritual writer’s practice and witness her deeply meditative approach to scripture and life. In the process, you can grow in confidence in your own scripture reading.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781932057317

Imprint: Sorin Books

  • “Be touched by grace.”

    “Macrina Wiederkehr assures us that we do not have to have complete peace and resonance of mind and heart in order to be touched by grace.”

    From the foreword by Joyce Rupp

  • “Hear the voice of God.”

    “Open Wide My Heart not only sparks our own meditation but also stops us still so we can hear the voice of God. What could be a better way to spend a few minutes of our day?”

    Michael Leach
    Author of Soul Seeing

  • “A timely treasure.”

    “This open-hearted journal of a prayer life needs to be held close and entered slowly. It is a timely treasure for these present days.”

    Paula D’Arcy
    Author of Winter of the Heart

  • “A song of deliverance from today's anxieties.”

    “Macrina Wiederkehr’s words read like a song of deliverance from today's anxieties, confusion, and lack of focus on what and Who are truly important in life. Spend some with the words and spirit Wiederkehr has left for us; it is a gift you will unwrap again and again to find solace, direction, and hope.”

    Robert J. Wicks
    Author of Riding the Dragon

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